North courses along the Grand Strand are located pretty close to one another. In fact you can travel from end to end in less than an hour.
North courses along the Grand Strand compare in quality and playability to the best courses on the planet. Visitors that come to the north courses on the Grand Strand will also be very impressed with the choice of lodging, dining and entertainment. In our last blog, we spoke about golf courses in the central region. In this article we focus on twelve of our fabulous, north courses along the Grand Strand.
Bald Head Island Golf Club – Bald Head Island Club is a unique golf destination located on one of North Carolina’s most beautiful barrier islands. It is only accessible by passenger ferry or private boat. The Bald Head Island golf course is a stunning design by acclaimed architect George Cobb that wraps around freshwater lagoons, through a maritime forest and across dunes in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean. This is just one of the stunning north courses that will provide you with a most enjoyable and challenging round of golf.
Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort – Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort features fabulous golf and additional amenities. Brunswick Plantation offers 3 championship nine hole golf courses that were designed by Willard Byrd and Clyde Johnston. An added advantage over the other north courses is that Brunswick Plantation has the convenience of stay and play. The majority of the fairways on this 27-hole layout are lined with gorgeous Carolina Pines and their greens are always in great shape and roll true.
Cape Fear National Golf Club – This 18 hole championship beauty by Tim Cate can be stretched out to over 7000 yards. Their tees, fairways and primary rough are grassed with Tifway 419 Bermuda. The golf course has more than 50 sculpted bunker complexes that are filled with brilliant white SP 55 sand, the same premium blend used by Augusta National. Beauty abounds at Cape Fear National but beware because this is one of those north courses that can bite at any given time.
Crow Creek Golf Club – Crow Creek Golf Club is located on Highway 17 in Calabash, NC. Since opening in February 2000, Crow Creek has become one of the most popular north courses along the Grand Strand. Created by architect Rick Robbins, a former Jack Nicklaus design associate, Crow Creek is a scenic and challenging layout. Crow Creek’s reputation for quality and conditioning is only surpassed by the hospitality that guests enjoy from bag drop to the 19th hole.
Farmstead Golf Links – Farmstead Golf Links is located in Calabash, NC. It is directly on the NC and SC border. In fact this is one of the unique north courses along the Grand Strand. The 18th hole is a whopping 767 yard par 6. The 18th is so long that players tee off in South Carolina and then progress back into North Carolina when they play their approach shot(s) into the green. This golf course features a beautiful layout and is always in superb condition. Golfers always leave Farmstead with thoughts of its unique 18th hole and “what could have been”!
Lakes Golf Club – The Lakes Golf Club caters to golfers of every skill level. It is a par 72 layout that features a good test of golf without breaking the bank. At just over 6700 yards from the tips and with four sets of tees, this is one of the north courses that presents endless entertainment that all golfers will enjoy. The Lakes is oldest golf course in Brunswick County. It is spread over a beautiful piece of North Carolina countryside just 8 miles Northwest of the charming coastal town of Southport.
Lockwood Folly Golf Course – Players of Lockwood Folly Golf Course leave with a long lasting memory of tree-lined fairways that feature massive oaks, stately pines, quiet ponds and abundance of wildlife. Built on a former hunting preserve, the golf course and community borders the gorgeous Lockwood Folly River and the Intra-Coastal Waterway. Lockwood Folly is one of the many north courses that is always in pristine shape and will provide all of its guest with a fabulous round of golf.
Magnolia Greens Golf Club – Magnolia Greens Golf Course is gorgeous 27 hole facility. The Magnolia nine offers a relaxed round with picturesque water views on four holes. The Camellia nine features their own “Amen Corner” on holes 11-13. The Azalea nine features a signature island green. These 27 holes strike the perfect balance between difficulty and playability. They recently added golf boards, the only facility of our north courses that provides these skateboard type golf carts. It has added a whole new dimension to a “fun round” of golf!
Meadowlands Golf Club – Respected architect Willard Byrd put his personal stamp on Meadowlands Golf Club. Meadowlands is one of the only north courses that offers footgolf. Meadowland is also a distinct parkland type character. The layout meanders through mature woods that are bordered by serene meadows, pristine lakes and large wetlands. Spacious, gently sloping fairways offer a surprising variety of elevation changes that present a multitude of challenges as they open onto large, immaculately manicured greens.
The Pearl Golf Links–East Course – The East Course at The Pearl Golf Links is not a very long course. It’s design caters to all golfers and is of moderate difficulty. The East Course runs along the Calabash River so there are some daunting shots that will test the nerves. Another of the north courses that has several holes lined with tall Pine trees whereas the other holes feature salt marsh and water features. The greens at the East Course are crowned so make sure to select the right club for your approach shots.
The Pearl Golf Links–West Course – The West Course at The Pearl Golf Links is one of the north courses most welcoming layouts. The fairways are pretty open and offer generous landing areas. A links style course, it features thick Pampas grass that lines some of the fairways. Similar to the East Course, some of the West Course runs along the Calabash River, which provides players with scenic views of the river and salt marsh. Their greens are rather large and have some subtle undulation.
Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club – Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club offers 27 well-designed golf holes. Sandpiper was built in the middle of a Pine tree forest and features doglegs along with raised greens and tee boxes. It will have you thinking a little longer over each shot. But if you hit it in the right spot, it is a very playable course. Sandpiper Bay is another of the north courses that strives to please all gofers by keeping their golf course in immaculate condition. Returning visitors will notice the recent improvements to the facility.